Rental Home wants copy of Drivers License?

Sep 11th, 2008, 07:02 AM
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Relax, hefty deposits, full rental pre-pays and ID verification are the "norm" when renting vacation houses. As others have said the owner has far more at stake than you do. While $15K may seem like a lot to you compared to the cost of the house you are renting it's small. The owner is merely protecting his/her property as best they can.

You've reached a reasonable accomodation with the owner regarding the SS# that appears on the Driver's License so move ahead and enjoy your vacation.

By the way, we learned long ago that renters can and often do "trash" rental houses or carry on illegal acts that put the property in jeopardy. It is so prevallent that we stopped renting out our vacation home.

This is not to imply that you'll do that but rather there's no way for anyone to tell in advance what renters may do. An owner has to take reasonable precautions to protect their nterests.

Enjoy your vacation.
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Sep 11th, 2008, 10:39 AM
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In some states this practice is protection against a bad check. If the payee's check bounces, the owner can put a lien or a similar action on your license. Then when you go to renew your license or registration you may not do so until restitution or legal action is resolved.

Since you are paying in full 60 days in advance, I would not provide it. Hope that helps!
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Sep 11th, 2008, 11:05 AM
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If I were you I would be more concerned that my state still uses your SSN as the DL number. Divulging that would be far worse than divulging your DL#. Other than that I see no problem with someone, in cases of this nature, asking for a positive Government issued ID.
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Sep 11th, 2008, 12:03 PM
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Our company does property rentals (long term, not vacation) and you'd be surprised how many time prospects don't want to give their ID or have a credit check pulled. Common reason, I am willing to give you $2400 a month + a deposit, why should I have to do that?

I always say something polite, like I'm going to give you the exclusive use of a $1,250,000 house for six months. We want to know -for certain- who you are, and what kind of history you carry.

When they still refuse, I know I've just been saved!!
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Jan 9th, 2016, 04:46 PM
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I don't think it's as much a way to verify home address as that can be done in other ways. Yes, other entities ask to see your driver's license, but they don't scan it or keep a copy on file. The big worry is the photoshop geniuses out there who can make a reasonably accurate copy and then go from there. We are all used to seeing photoshopped images of kittens in a lion's mouth, but it goes a lot further than that in this hi-tech world.

When a deposit is put down, that money should be enough to say you are good for the rental and other paperwork with name and address is easy to verify by the owner of the property. Upon arrival, they can verify 'you' as the person on the driver's license, or even ask to see your passport as well, and that could be the last step for them to feel good about renting to you.
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Jan 9th, 2016, 05:36 PM
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How/why did you look for an eight year old thread to top????
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Jan 10th, 2016, 04:53 AM
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>>I did email her asking how she would feel if we blacked out the SS#<<

Your SS# is on your driver's license? What state do you live in?
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Jan 10th, 2016, 05:02 AM
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"When a deposit is put down, that money should be enough to say you are good for the rental and other paperwork with name and address is easy to verify by the owner of the property."

Didn't I read a recent reference to some renters doing $100,000 worth of damage to a rental? That's one helluva lot to have to put down as a deposit.

Sorry, but if I'm renting out an expensive home or apartment, I want some kind of firm way of KNOWING who is doing the renting. I wouldn't hesitate to send a copy of my driver's license if I'm renting.

By the way, it's always interesting when the renter doesn't trust the owner, but that same renter fully expects that owner to trust them. Kind of a two way street isn't it? And let's be honest, the owner has a lot more to lose than the renter.
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Jan 10th, 2016, 05:23 AM
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This is an almost 8 yo thread. I think the op has been home a while.
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